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Purple urine bag syndrome
  1. Feriyde Çalişkan Tür1,
  2. Nur Zafer1,
  3. Nil Hocaoglu2
  1. 1Department of Emergency Medicine, S.B. Izmir Tepecik Research and Training Hospital, İzmir, Turkey
  2. 2Department of Pharmacology, Dokuz Eylül University Medical School, Izmir, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to Dr Feriyde Çalışkan Tür, Department of Emergency Medicine, S.B. Izmir Tepecik Research and Training Hospital, Izmir 035100, Turkey; feriyde{at}

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A seventy-nine-year-old bedridden female patient presented to emergency with shortness of breath. She had an indwelling urinary catheter and decubitus ulcers. Her carer said the urine in the urethral catheter was purple coloured for the past 3 weeks (figure 1). Urinary dipstick analysis showed presence of large leucocytes, positive nitrates and pH of 8.5, protein +3, glucose …

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  • Contributors FÇT: Concept and design and data collection, revision and approval of article; NHA: data collection, critical revision of article; NZ: data collection from patient.

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